Over 100 buses leave city for Cox's Bazar every evening carrying tourists

- A Monitor Report 01 Jan, 2018
Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism and dignitaries seen at views exchange meeting on "Development of Tourism Industry and Responsible Tourism," at the conference room of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) on December 19
Dhaka : People of Bangladesh are travelling inside the country in increasing numbers. Over 100 luxury buses leave Dhaka for Cox's Bazar every evening. Only 10 per cent of the passengers are local (heading for home in the beach city), and the rest are all tourists.

Ramendranath Ghosh, Chairman, Shyamoli Paribahan, one of the leading luxury bus operators to different destinations of the country, was speaking at a view exchange meeting with air, land and water transport operators on "Development of Tourism Industry and Responsible Tourism," at the conference room of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) on December 19.

Presided over by Dr Md Nasir Uddin, Chief Executive Officer, Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), the meeting was addressed, among others, by Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, SM Ghulam Faruque, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, KM Abdus Salam, Managing Director, HIL, Shahid Hamid, President, PATA Bangladesh Chapter, Hanif Zakaria, CCO, Regent Airways and Haji Alauddin, Chairman, Greenline Pariahan.

The Shyamoli Paribahan Chairman called for developing infrastructure in Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban as well as renovating Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) properties in Cox's Bazar. These could be graded A, B and C to enable travellers to choose the accommodation they can afford.

Saying that "we have to start somewhere," Shahid Hamid said the videos (shown at the beginning of the meeting) could be shown by transport operators where passengers wait for boarding buses, airlines, water vessels like airports, waiting rooms of long-distance coach operators, launch ghats and railway stations. These could be translated into other languages.

Hanif Zakaria said the hotels, whether they are in Dhaka, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Sylhet or elsewhere should have kiosks or travel desks displaying or providing information on the attractions of the country in different languages.

Cultural performances highlighting local culture and heritage could be arranged in the evening at the hotels of Cox's Bazar, under joint initiative of the government and private organisations. The tourists will be able to enjoy the evening, hotels will generate revenue, local culture will flourish and the performers will be monetarily benefitted, he added.

Kaniz Fatema, Chief Executive Officer, TripZip spoke of the efforts of her organisation to raise awareness of the travellers in spreading her message of Do’s and Dont’s for sustainable tourism and other initiatives. She hoped that the airline, coach, railways and water vessel operators will exhibit these at waiting rooms of coaches, airlines, railways and water vessels.